Orvin is a name that you probably don't know, and for good reason. This was a trade name that was owned by Sears Roebuck & Co. so that they could import Swiss Watches under a name that was exclusive to them. The good news for us today is that you can purchase an Orvin with Swiss accuracy and engineering at a price that won't break the bank. You will have the secure knowledge that it is a timepiece that could cost twice as much with a more well-known name on the dial. It is essentially a "Jeweler's Contract" watch, and this one is very nice. Not only is it solid 14K gold but it is a full rotor Automatic that has a winding indicator complication. As you rotate your wrist during your busy day the Oscillating Weight" rotates and "automatically" winds your mainspring for a very smooth delivery of power in the sweet spot of the mainspring. The 14K solid gold case measures 35mm in diameter by 42mm lug to lug. The seventeen jewel movement is in near mint condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time just like it did back in 1960 when it left Switzerland bound for our shores. This is a fantastic buy for some lucky soul and, with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor, you may buy with confidence!
We here at Father Time love the Gallet brand for a couple of reasons. First they are a great brand that has the honor of being the oldest wristwatch manufacturer in existence and, secondly, they always made handsome watches that have a real utility without being gauche. The founder, Humbertus Gallet, who resided in Geneva was making timepieces in 1466. In 1864 Gallet opened the first outlet here in Chicago, and by 1885, Gallet became the first purveyor of wristwatches made exclusively for mass consumption. By 1914 Gallet had won the Grand Prize in the Chronometer category at the Swiss National Exhibit in Berne, and by 1915 Gallet was supplying hand held and cockpit mounted timepieces to the United Kingdom during WWI. This particular Gallet is a very clean two register chronograph displaying constant seconds and a 45 minute recorded time sub dial. It is in a stainless steel case, measuring 34mm in diameter by 44mm lug to lug, that houses a spotless 17 jewel, Valjoux 7733 movement. The silvered Tachymeter Dial is in great shape and is contrasted by Lumed Blued Steel Hands, Blue Mile Gradations, and Lumed Arabic numerals. If you had a watch like this in the cockpit you were one lucky pilot. Our watchmakers have it winding, setting, and recording time just as it did circa 1960, when it left Switzerland. I might add that this is the only Gallet in this configuration that we have ever had the pleasure to own in our 37 years in the business...don't miss it! Our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, will allow you to buy with confidence.
Military wristwatches are all the rage and here is a Pierce Stainless Steel "Parashock" Swiss Military Wristwatch circa 1944 that is in great condition. This one won't break the bank and it has a very interesting look. It sports a charcoal two-tone dial with a black background minute track, luminous hands and numerals (that no longer glow), and a red central sweep second hand. It was warrantied to be waterproof and to accomplish this the case back has 6 compression screws that seal the back of the case. We no longer warranty vintage watches to be waterproof, but this well-sealed case will keep out all but the most invasive dirt, debris, and moisture. The "Parashock" designation (a new innovation at the time) refers to the kif springs that allow a level of shock protection for the cap jewels. It is also "Anti-Magnetic" meaning that is is resistant to magnetic fields that one might encounter. The watch measures 33mm in diameter by 40mm lug to lug. This was a standard size for the era so that it could be unobtrusive on the wrist. It will seem small if you are used to the "Tuna Can" sized modern offerings, but it is a very cool watch! All of our timepieces are warrantied for one year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence!
Elgin produced watches in Elgin, Illinois (a Chicago suburb), for over 100 years. They were the largest and most prolific of the American manufacturers and everything they turned their hand to was well made and as a testament to their prowess there are many Elgins still ticking away today. This gentleman's Elgin is one of them, and what a handsome case and dial configuration it has. This is what we call a "Tonneau" case due to its shape. It houses a seven jewel movement that our head watchmaker has running like a top. The case is a three part, yellow gold filled and it measures 28mm at its widest by 22 at its thinnest, by 37mm lug to lug. The case center shows off some fancy engraving that carries the theme of the engraving on the case front. The silvered dial is very nice and is contrasted by very stylized blued steel hands. It sports a black lizard band that completes the look. For a watch made Circa 1932 it is a real winner. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow you to buy with confidence.
The 1930's exhibited a heavy influence of Art Deco design that was sprinkled throughout the watch world and, if you were an "in the know" gentleman, you would have purchased a great looking Deco design for your wrist. This cushion shaped Elgin is just such a watch at a price that won't sap your funds. We offer it here today as an affordable watch with a design that has stood the test of time. Notice the two-tone silvered dial with a copper colored minute track that skirts the dial perimeter with Deco Arabic numerals at the 12, 2, 4, 8, and 10, while the other chapters are represented by copper colored dots with black enclosures. The seconds bit, at the 6 o'clock position echoes the overall case shape. The case which measures 29mm wide by 10mm thick, by 37mm lug to lug has a yellow gold filled top (matching the hands) and a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. The fifteen jewel movement is running like a top and is good to go for another generation to appreciate. We have fitted it with a dark brown lizard grain strap that suits it perfectly. Remember all of our watches come with a one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
Longines has been a mover and shaker in the watch world since its inception in Saint-Imier, Switzerland in 1832. Founded by Auguste Agassiz, Longines has been a steady beacon for timekeeping. This watch is representative of their quality and robustness in the market. It was made circa 1972 and executed in brushed stainless steel case, with a charcoal dial and applied stainless steel bar markers at the chapters, and a date window at the 3 o'clock position. The model is the "Conquest" Automatic (self winding) with a central sweep seconds hand. The case measures 37mm in width by 40mm lug to lug and it sports a minimally stitched, 18mm, textured, brown leather band. The movement is a 25 jewel workhorse that will give you great service for generations to come. This is a model we have never had the privilege to own before, due to its scarcity in the market. What really caught our attention, other than its great looks, is the pristine condition of the case, dial, and movement. This is as nice as it gets...what a handsome watch...and it can be yours. Remember all of our watches come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
If you are a regular here at the Father Time site you already know that we believe that Hamilton was the best manufacturer in America. Not only were they the best in terms of total quality they were also very competitive. In the late 1930's and early 1940's the watch company designers were focused on making slightly larger and longer wristwatches. The rectangular shape was in style and there were many riffs on this theme. This particular Hamilton "Donald" is one of the real classic looks in solid yellow gold that they produced in 1941. Its solid gold case measures 28mm in width by 36mm lug to lug. The silvered dial sports applied gold Arabic numerals, gold "dagger" hands, and a brown lizard band with a 14k solid gold buckle completes the look. The nineteen jewel gold medal movement, caliber 981, is in pristine condition and is winding, setting, and keeping time just as it should. This is the kind of dress watch that you can own for a lifetime...don't miss it!
In 1891 the brothers Albert and Gustav Stolz established their watchmaking manufacture in Le Locle, Switzerland. They were former students of Henri Sandoz, director of the Tavannes Watch Co. and heading for great things in the watch world. Their first, of many gold medals, was obtained at the 1902 Paris International Exposition...and they were off to the races. By 1904 they were 15 strong and already making their own ebauches (movement blanks). As they grew in experience and expertise there were many wonderful watches coming off the line. None was more iconic than the "Chronodato" that we are presenting here for your approval. It is the ultimate pilot's tool watch. Not only does it have the day of the week displayed in a small window beneath the center of the watch, but there is also a corresponding window just below the 12 o'clock position that displays the month. The date is indicated by a red-tipped arrow hand as it points to a 31 day track just outside of the minute track. For the pilot the most important thing was the elapsed time that the chronograph would indicate for a landing approach. By depressing the pusher at the 2 o'clock position he could start the central sweep second hand and then read elapsed time on the subsidiary dial at the 3 o'clock position. Once the landing was accomplished the pilot would push the upper button again to stop the sweep second hand and then he would push the button at the 4 o'clock position to reset the sweep hand and the accumulated time on the sub dial. The sub dial at the 9 o'clock position is a constant seconds that runs continuously. The Chronodato model was introduced by Swiss watchmaking power house Angelus in 1942. This was the world’s first chronograph with a full calendar (day-date and month) and due to these features, it became highly popular among consumers. So much so, in fact, that the line was in production for roughly 10 years. In the 1950’s, however, the Chronodato model was replaced by the amazing Chrono-DatoLuxe family, which lacked the month display but had a moon-phase and a big date instead. It was produced in stainless steel, gold plated and solid gold versions with different dial variations. Our watch is the gold plated "Chronodato" with a stainless steel back for wearing longevity. Yes, this watch has it all, and a nice size to boot measuring 37 mm in diameter, by 48mm, lug to lug. The all original silvered dial is in fantastic condition showing only minor imperfections. The movement is a 17 jewel, cal 217 which our watch makers have running perfectly. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
The ubiquitous stainless steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual is a watch that is highly sought after! This one is a gentleman's 27 jewel, the case is all stainless steel, and in pristine condition. Rolex's Oyster Perpetual line is what made the company famous and one look at this watch will tell you why. This watch was made in 1981 and it could not be in better condition. It looks like it was just taken out of the showcase to show a customer. The case has a smooth polish bezel that is gleaming. The bezel compliments a wonderful silvered dial. The stainless steel case is 34mm wide and 40mm in length and it sports an original stainless steel Oyster band that is as nice as the watch itself. I know I've said this before but the photos really do not capture the elegance of this piece. I think that it is the classic look of this straight forward stainless steel Rolex that makes it interesting. Like all of Rolex's Oyster Perpetuals this one has a fantastic 27 jewel automatic movement, bearing the hi beat Ref. 3035. Our watchmakers have it running like new so that you can wear this watch on a daily basis with complete confidence. Remember we warranty all of our timepieces, parts and labor, for a full year. James Bond would be happy to wear this one to the casino. You might catch a glimpse of it when he raises his martini to his lips and his sleeve is retracted to reveal this killer watch!
This must have been the top of Longines line in 1954! This watch has everything going for it! Of course the case is 14K solid white gold with a diamond dial to boot! It is 24mm wide by 40mm lug-to-lug. The 17 jewel movement has been beautifully engineered to be a fine time piece and one that shows Longines' fine heritage. What really knocked us out when we first saw this watch was the Art Deco influence that is quite palpable in the design. The case is slightly wider than its contemporaries and the way the diamonds are inset on the dial is unusual as well. We have all remarked on how unusual the band is...it both compliments and accents the watch with its black triangular sections coming off each lug. It is white gold filled expansion band that suits this watch to a "T". The 17 jewel movement is a real winner and has a perfect pattern in all positions on our timing machine. This is a testament to our watchmaker's skills and Longines' engineering. Please also notice the high-domed curved crystal that showcases the dial. Once it is on your wrist you can really appreciate how nice that curved line becomes a "form follows function" statement. The outline of the seconds bit mimics the case shape against the silvery background of the dial color. This is a suave man's dress wristwatch that would look equally good on a woman since the trend is towards larger art on the wrist. There is even a slightly domed crown that makes it just a little different. If you want that perfect tuxedo watch then this may be the one for you! Don't miss it since it is the only one in this configuration we have ever had!
Howard was the Rolls Royce of American Pocket watches at the end of the 1800's and they were the standard by which all other companies were measured. The Boston based E. Howard & Co. introduced the first "quick beat" train to American Watchmaking, and were also the first company to produce, and market, a stem winding watch in the U.S. as well as the first to adjust timing to all 6 positions. Yes, they were an amazing company who led the American Pocket Watch onslaught with great panache. By 1902 Howard was purchased by the Keystone Watch Case Company and they carried on the great Howard tradition. Their watches were marked "E. Howard Watch co. Boston U.S.A. All their watches were cased and timed at the factory and came as complete watches only, unlike the earlier Howard company who contracted with as many as 23 different companies to fabricate cases for them. The production was terminated in 1930 after having made only about 650,000 complete watches. If you compare this total with Elgin who made roughly 55,000,000 over 100 years of production time you can see why the Howard watch is scarce today. This particular Howard is as nice as they get for a twelve size, open face Series Seven, 17 jewel. It sports Breguet style, blued steel, "Lunette" hands (including the second hand), Roman Numerals, a porcelain dial, and a wonderfully simple, plain polish case that was the thickest gold filled case made. The "Extra" designation that you can see on the interior of the case back lets the user know that it is guaranteed to wear permanently. Gold filled cases were rated in terms of years of wear provided. This is a yellow gold filled case that is real classic. Normally one can see the year designations of 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years inscribed on the case but rarely the term "Extra' which meant it was the thickest amount of gold that could be used while still having the more rigid base metal on the interior of the case. Very, very few of these cases were made since it was a very costly proposition to produce one. Add to all of this the fact that the case is a "book style swing-out" case in fantastic condition. We think that this watch was rarely used over its lifetime and you only have to look at the tiny beaded rim on the case covers to see what we mean. The beading is still beautiful in its simplicity. This may be your chance to own a Howard that is easy to carry in modern clothing, stunning in its appearance, and in fantastic running condition. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
The Illinois Watch Company had its beginnings in several other incarnations starting in December of 1870 at Springfield, Illinois. The two founders were John Whitfield Bunn and John C. Adams. They started the Springfield Watch Company by attracting several other investors until they had amassed the princely sum of $100,000.00 which in those days was no small task. William B. Miller was to be their first secretary as they started production and a journey over what was to be a bumpy financial road. By 1877, after some difficulty, the company was reorganized and renamed the Illinois Springfield Watch Company and Erastus Newton Bates was chosen to lead them out of the financial difficulties they had encountered, but by July of 1878 they were once again faced with a re-organization and the named changed once again to the Illinois Watch Company, the final iteration that we know today. The chief executive was Jacob Bunn Sr. (1814-1897) and he was an all round entrepreneur with his fingers in finance, newspapers, land development, coal, banking, railroads, wholesale groceries, politics and even the manufacture of rope. The Bunn brothers, John & Jacob, were close friends with Abraham Lincoln and whose political career was financed and managed by them. The growth of the enterprise grew steadily from this point on under the management of the Bunn brothers. The fortunes of the company were starting to rise and by 1880 they had over 400 employees up from 260 in 1879, and ultimately 1200 at their apex. Production was up as well from 33,285 in 1879 to 47,065 by 1880. Just ten years later they could boast offices in New York, San Francisco, and Chicago. With the advent of the Railroad Commission, in 1893, Illinois became one of the leading forces behind the design and manufacture of the highly accurate railroad timepieces that became world standards for accuracy and reliability.
This particular Illinois is quite handsome. It is a 12 size, 17 jewel (adjusted nickel movement), Art Deco watch housed in a chrome open face case that is beautifully engraved on the case bezel, bow, and back edge with a great looking Deco design on the back. There is a cartouche that is un-engraved and awaiting your family initials. It has a tick glass crystal that protects the silvered dial. At the 6 o'clock position there is a large seconds bit and all three blued steel hands have pierced ends. All-in-all this is a wonderful watch in great running condition that can be yours. If you are longing for a very accurate, high-grade, everyday pocket watch then this may be the one for you. It is fully restored and warrantied for a year for parts and labor so that you may buy with confidence.
There were many Swiss pocket watches made but very few that had the good looks of this Coventry Sterling Silver, open face, key wind and key set gentleman's watch. It was made circa 1887 and it is still in fantastic condition. Maybe it was only used for special occasions or it was simply lovingly cared for. What ever the reason it is all the better for us today. The sterling silver case measures 50mm in diameter, by 18mm thick and it looks great. The hinges for the front bezel and rear lid are solid rose gold and the case band (middle) is what we call a coin edge design so that you can grip it quite easily. The back lid opens effortlessly with the push of the button on the pendant revealing the winding hole and the original owner's name, John Carver. This watch was made for the English market and it bears all the correct hallmarks for purity, maker's mark, and date. The watch was made in Coventry by Adam Burdess and it is a high quality fusee, tip-out, movement which displays the most spectacular silver dial that is adorned with mulit-color gold embellishments. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see how intricate the dial design is. Roman Numerals surround the textured dial center where you can see a foliate arrangement in multi-color gold. This is a nice size gentleman's key wind pocket watch that you will be proud to wear and sho off. We have only one...don't miss it!
Hamilton was, without a doubt, the best maker of Pocket Watches in America and many of their wonderful timepieces are still being used everyday. This particular Hamilton is a scarce configuration in that it is an asymmetrical shaped case that contains a round movement. The case is white gold-filled mesuring 44mm tall, by 41mm wide (at its widest), by 21mm (at its narrowest). It is 10mm in thickness. This is a twelve size open face, 17 jewel, adhusted, nickel movement with a double roller. Now if you don't know what any of that refers to, just harken to the fact that it is a bit above the average pocket watch in looks, quality, and performance. It has a rigid bow that is very nice, as is the case decoration. The back sports an engraved cartouche ("JC") and the hands are stylized blued steel that complete the Art Deco theme. Made circa 1926 this watch was very much in vogue. It is an elegant gentleman's dress watch that could also be employed for everyday use. Our one year warranty will allow you to purchase without the worry of restoration.
We here at Father Time see a good many Elgin watches that were made over the 100 years that they were in business. In almost every instance we can restore these wonderful timepieces to the timekeeping ability that Elgin originally intended them to have...a testament to their quality. Elgin ca n certainly be proud of what they accomplished because they had an excellent product that has stood the test of time.
This Elgin is one we can heartily recommend. It is a twelve size, open face, Art Deco model that is white gold filled with an engraved fancy bow, blued steel pierced hands and an engraved silver plated metal dial. It dates from 1925 and we have the original box for it. For all you bleeding hearts out there this one has had an aftermarket set of bleeding hearts hand painted on the dial at the 3:30 and 8:30 positions. This just adds eye appeal to a wonderful watch that is easy to carry in modern clothing. The case middle shows the fancy engraving that is present in the bow and the back cover has three Art Deco Initials engraved within a centrally located diamond shape...very much in spirit with the era. What a great looking watch...all fully restored and warrantied for one year. Don't miss this one!
This is a Swiss Leber (made by the Harper Watch Co.) 17 Jewel manual wind wristwatch from the late 1950's that is in great condition. If you are looking for a very presentable everyday wristwatch that will not break the bank, then this may be the one for you. It has a great looking dial with unusual "Arrowhead" markers at the cardinal points and a pair of beautiful "Dagger" hands with a central sweep seconds hand. The case is all stainless steel (measuring 32mm in diameter by 38mm lug to lug) which is great for everyday wearing and it is resistant to magnetism and shock. You will notice that it has a dial designation that refers to the "Unbreakable" mainspring that was a fairly new feature in the 50's. It also has its original expansion band, but it can take a nice leather, lizard, or croco band just as easily. It is winding, setting and keeping time just as it should. Our one year warranty for parts and labor will allow to make this your own without worry. It can be yours!
This is not your ordinary open face pocket watch it is an American Waltham "Chronometer" rated fine timepiece. The "Chronometer" designation is reserved for only the top quality watches that are able to pass a stringent set of parameters. Waltham gave it the name "Victoria". The 18 size, yellow gold filled case measures 53mm in diameter (not including the stem and bow) by 18mm thick and was made made circa 1894. It is a seventeen jewel, highly accurate, nickel plated movement with a safety pinion, a micrometric regulator, marked "adjusted", and with a handsome damaskeeing pattern on the movement plates. The double sunk, porcelain dial exhibits elongated Roman Numerals and a red five minute track just on the perimeter of the minute track. There is a seconds bit at the six o'clock position and the original hands are gold Louis XIV style. The case shows some signs of loving use over the years but is still very handsome. The case back has an un-engraved shield that awaits your family initials. This is truly a fine timepiece from one of America's finest manufacturers that really deserves the "Chronometer" designation. If you are searching for a really great pocket watch in a large man's size then this may be the one for you!
Waltham was the second largest watch company in the world after Elgin and they were a force to be reckoned with! The American Waltham Watch Company (later Waltham) is one of America's oldest watchmakers. They held forth in Roxbury, later Waltham, Mass. and were one of the giants of the American watch industry. They made millions of pocket watches but not so many wristwatches due to the fact that they only made wristwatches until 1949. They were in business at the factory until 1957, but only in order to re-case and sell inventory on hand. As the wristwatch rose in its ascendancy Waltham was on the decline and consequently there are not many wristwatches extant from this period. This Waltham, however, was made circa 1941 when they were in stiff competition for the hearts of Americans. It is a custom made Waltham "Premier" that is 14k solid rose gold with dramatic curved lugs. The "Premier" was a standard production watch for them but this particular one has had after market extended solid rose gold lugs (custom made for it) that harken back to the days of the long "Curvex" style watches of the late 30's. It is a handsome piece to behold housed in an extended profile solid rose gold, rectangular case, with a spectacular two-tone silver and rose gold dial. The hands are stylized dagger shapes and the Art Deco inspired numerals are all applied to the dial for a very three dimensional look. The case measures 24mm wide by 47mm from lug to lug. The movement is a spotless, caliber 750, 17 jewel engine that our watchmakers have fully restored to like-new condition mechanically. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" photos to see the dramatic curve of this case and the interesting rose gold seconds bit just above the 6 o'clock position. You could own this scarce watch and be the pride of the neighborhood. Remember all of our timepieces come with our famous one year warranty, for parts and labor, so that you may buy with confidence.
The Hamilton "Lester" was made circa 1941 and it was a classic rectangular watch that was de-rigueur... if you were a well-dressed gentleman. The yellow gold-filled case is in great condition displaying two horizontal wrap-around rills at the top and bottom of the case. It houses a 19 jewel cal. 982 movement that Hamilton was very proud of. You can be proud too once you don this elegant piece of wrist art. The case measures 22mm in width by 37mm lug to lug (an American quarter measures 26mm). This was a standard size for a gentleman's rectangular dress watch back in the day. This watch easily slides under your dress shirt cuff where it sits unobtrusively ticking away the time waiting for you to slide back your cuff and display its elegance. We here at Father Time think very highly of the Hamilton brand and we can unhesitatingly recommend this watch for many years of faithful service. Our head watchmaker has it winding, setting, and keeping time just as it did 76 years ago. Here's a chance to grab a piece of horology history for very little dough. Fully restored and warrantied for an entire year.
The Hamilton "Piping Rock" is one of those iconic watches that transcend the ordinary. Many say it is the quintessential American Watch. It was issued in three successive iterations. The very first one was issued in 1928 and had a slightly more bulbous look. It was very popular, but there were issues with the articulated lugs. One of the more interesting facts about the Piping Rock is that it was presented to the 1928 World Series Champion New York Yankees since it was the trend to present watches rather than rings at that time. Each watch was engraved on the side opposite the crown with the name of the recipient. Because the 1928 team had some famous players like Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, these watches command royal sums.
After a long period of unavailability, the Piping Rock was re-introduced in 1948. When this iteration was designed, the case became more angular and the lugs were re-designed to be stronger but still with a slight articulation in order to curve to the wrist. The dial has only a minute track and sub-seconds register. The roman numerals for the hour markers were defined by a black enamel band applied directly to the case. The final re-issue is a modern one. Hamilton released the Registered Edition in 1983. The company produced two types of this models, one in 18K gold plate and a second in white gold. The company produced them in white gold and embossed the back to honor the 1928 New York Yankees.
Our watch is the 1948 version in solid yellow gold. Make sure you look at the "Zoom-In" views to really appreciate this special timepiece. Everything about this wonderful watch calls to your sensibilities like one of the ancient sirens of mythology. Careful you don't shipwreck on the "Piping Rock". If you are a Hamilton collector this is a must have, and this one is in wonderful condition showing only very minor wear to the inlaid enamel. The 17 jewel, Cal. 747 movement is in fantastic condition and it produces a timing pattern on our Vibrograph (timing machine) that is near perfection. The case, executed in solid 14K gold, is very handsome and unusual. You will not regret this acquisition and our one year warranty will assure your satisfaction.